Native to southwestern Pacific Islands and brought to Jamaica in 1793 by Captain William Bligh on the H.M.S. Providence. The Breadfruit, which is multiple fruits, is eaten, boiled, baked, steamed, roasted, fried, dried, made into a dough or fermented into a paste. The spikes of the male flowers are also stewed and eaten. Breadfruit was introduced as a bread substitute for slaves and is still an important staple.